Kanye Might Be Banned From Clooney's Haiti Telethon; Heidi's Afraid To Face Her Furious Mom

  • Kanye West wasn't invited to George Clooney's Haiti telethon. "After what he said on the Katrina telethon and the way he behaved at the MTV VMAs, everyone agrees it's just best that he does not participate," said a producer.

The source continued, "Kanye has to make everything about himself. He will do anything to steal the spotlight and, well, this night it's just not about him." Are they afraid he'll declare, "Barack Obama doesn't care about black people?" [Popeater]

  • An MTV rep claims, "That's absolutely not true. We DID reach out to Kanye." He just didn't respond. [Us]
  • Sources say George Clooney will open the telethon by donating $1 million. [Showbiz 411]
  • Lindsay Lohan, Mark Wahlberg, Busta Rhymes, and Jeremy Piven attended a fundraiser for Haiti at the home of billionaire Ron Burkle last night. [Radar]
  • NBC released this statement confirming that the network has finalized a deal with Conan O'Brien: "Under terms of an agreement that was signed earlier today, NBC and O'Brien will settle their contractual obligations and the network will release O'Brien from his contract, freeing him to pursue other opportunities after September 1, 2010. O'Brien will make his final appearance as host of the Tonight Show on Jan. 22." [Radar]
  • NBC will probably air reruns of Conan O'Brien hosting The Tonight Show in the weeks leading up to the Olympics. [TMZ]
  • Mischa Barton's landlord is suing her because he claims she hasn't paid the rent on her $7,000-a-month New York apartment for three months. [AP]
  • A judge has agreed to move Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller's hearing about their protective order again due to Brooke's medical problems. The new hearing is scheduled for February 8. [Radar]
  • A source claims Tiger Woods' marriage is "definitely not over," because, "Elin could have filed for divorce already but she hasn't." [Radar]
  • Tiger Woods' kids went to Sea World today with their aunt Josefin. [Radar]
  • Check out this clip from Kristen Stewart's new movie Welcome To The Rileys, in which she plays a 16-year-old prostitute who befriends James Gandolfini. [E!]
  • In the market for a Hollywood Hills home with a screening room, gym and 12-person spa? Christina Aguilera is selling hers for $6.25 million. [LAT]
  • Ted Danson will write a book for Rodale Books that takes a "celebratory and cautionary look at the world's oceans." [MediaBistro]
  • Is Hayden Panettiere dating Ukranian boxer Wladimir Klitschko? [TMZ]
  • Radar has obtained a picture of Levi Johnston playing beer pong. Shock me, shock me, shock me, with that deviant behavior! [Radar]
  • An Oprah Winfrey tell-all book by Kitty Kelly titled Oprah: A Biography will be released on April 13. [AP]
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Bar Refaeli were spotted buying a TV at Best Buy and toiletries at Target. [E!]
  • Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino called in to Ryan Seacrest's radio show to defend Jersey Shore. He said, "You can't please everybody out there. If you don't like it that's why they created the channel change, or remote control." [Radar]
  • Jets owner Woody Johnson says he's been living in two worlds for the last month since the team advanced to the AFC championship and his daughter Casey Johnson died. "One doesn't help the other," Johnson said. "Because the other is reality. There's no way to bring her back. I wish I could change it. But I can't." [NYT]
  • Victoria Principal settled a lawsuit with her former maid who claimed Principal waved a gun at her and threatened to kill her. The maid issued and apology saying, "I can now understand why you felt that I was threatening to you, which, in turn, led you to defend yourself." [TMZ]
  • Star Jones was reportedly fired as a panelist on The Insider for screaming at a producer. "At first, Star got along with the producers just fine. But as she got more comfortable, she started complaining about the topics they wanted to discuss. She said they were too trashy and 'Star doesn't do trash!'" said a source. [Perez]
  • Robe Lowe is leaving Brothers & Sisters later this season. He felt he was being underutilized and asked to be released from his contract. [EW]
  • Roman Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner says, "My personal truth is that Roman is a marvelous husband and man. He is an impeccable man and I have nothing to reproach him for." [AP]
  • Scott Barnes, Jennifer Lopez's makeup artist says of her twins, "Emme's just like Jennifer, she's really refined and she loves jewelry. She has a little bracelet and she always turns it and looks at it. Max is all boy. And she's such a girl. She's says, ‘Look at my shoes!' She shows you her shoes. He wants to play, he wants to rough house and she's like, Let me sit here and look at my dress. And I say, ‘Your dress is beautiful!' And she says, ‘Beautiful.'" Fascinating. [People]
  • Weeks after Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas revealed that he is gay, Sir Ian McKellen said in a radio interview, "The sports world should be ashamed of itself. It's full of all these macho men and strong women who go out and dedicate their lives... They're absolutely admirable people in many senses - but when it comes to the business of simply being honest about who they are, some of them become little shrinking violets because they're afraid, probably, of being booed from the terraces, and that must be a horrible experience and shame on people who do it." [Telegraph]
  • Kelly Rowland says she lost 10 pounds by not eating sugar and taking up pole dancing. "Right now, I have a pole dance instructor in Miami and she teaches me a lot," says Rowland. "You'd be surprised how hard those ladies work." [People]
  • Jennifer Garner says of her divorce from Scott Foley in 2004, "I had a lot of growing up to do. I'm still conflict-averse. I don't like to argue. But back then I couldn't have a fight. I couldn't work things out because I wasn't able to say what I needed to say. I didn't have a voice. I didn't dare to express myself. It was a huge heartbreak for me to have something fail like that. I knew that this was either an opportunity for growth or I would sink. It's easy when you're hurt and angry to just say, 'Oh, it's them.' But I had to come into my own. I thought, 'Why did this relationship not work? What part of the failure is my responsibility?' So I went to work on it. I started therapy." [ONTD]
  • Michael Douglas admits he wasn't a great father to his 31-year-old son Cameron. "I'll assume whatever responsibilities I have to," he said. "Would it have been better to have been around more? Absolutely. There were absences, and I was no angel." [People]
  • "I am one tough mother- fucker and you can't bother me anymore," says Mel Gibson. "You ask anybody what their number one fear is and it's public humiliation. Multiply that on a global scale and that's what I've been through. It changes you and makes you one tough motherfucker. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. It's really that simple." [Telegraph]
  • Glenn Close says she's campaigning to break the stigma of mental illness because, "It's something that's touched every member of my family. My sister is bipolar. My nephew suffers from schizo-affective disorder. What's really exciting is we're starting a grassroots campaign for an issue that touches millions of people. Since October, we have over 6,000 followers on Facebook. As an actor, I'm especially aware of the power of words and how frightening some words can be. I hope in saying words like bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, they lose their frightening power and just become part of our human condition, no different from any of other disease." [Reuters]
  • Sigourney Weaver, who'll play an "aging stripper" in her next film, says, "I feel sexier than ever. I used to be really insecure. I hope I'll live up to a 100 years. I never wanted to be like James Dean – die young and be famous afterwards.""I don't try to look young at all costs. Why should you cast a 55 year old looking like a 35 year old, when you can cast a 35 year old to begin with? If you look like 55 and feel comfortable with it, you will get casted. My roles have become more interesting with time." [ONTD]
  • Heidi Montag's mother Darlene Egelhoff is "horrified and having a total breakdown," about her daughter's plastic surgery, according to a source. "I still can't believe I'm 23 and mom is reacting this way," Montag said. "I'm nervous to go home and face her – especially with cameras rolling." Here's an idea: TURN THE CAMERAS OFF. [People]
  • Heidi Montag says of her plastic surgery, "I would know when I have gone too far. I know now that for a long time I'm good and it's just maintenance. As I get older I'll probably keep up with it. I definitely think that enough is enough. This is as far as I want to go for a long time. I don't want to look like Cat Lady." [Extra]

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